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Union Gap Municipal Court May Be Going to Yakima County Building

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UNION GAP, Wash. -- The City of Union Gap City Council authorized its city manager to enter into contract negotiations with the Yakima County District Court to transfer operation of the municipal court to Yakima County. 

The City Council accepted the recommendation of City Manager Rod Otterness that the city may be better able to provide municipal court services in partnership with a larger unit of government. 

Otterness cited the need for infrastructure improvements and additional staff to successfully run the court over the long term.

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- Union Gap's municipal court may soon be a thing of the past.

The city is looking at a new plan to transfer the operation of the municipal court to the Yakima County District Courthouse.

City officials say the current facility is need of security and infrastructure upgrades and transferring operation would save the city a lot of money.

It's estimated to cost about $345,000 a year for Yakima County to handle the duties, a price tag city officials say is close to what they pay now.

City council will have the final say.

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